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Things got hot today at the final press conference prior to the rematch between IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) and Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs). “That is my belt, it is coming back to me,” Cunningham shouted during the face-off. “You better hug it tonight. I am the real champion. Nobody is going to help you this time. I live, eat, sleep boxing. Nobody ever helped me. No referee helped me up off the ground when I got knocked down. I am worried, I am worried for you! I am the real champ.”
After a controversial ending to the first fight, Cunningham is eager to set the record straight. Back in October, the 35-year-old American was knocked down in the first round but came back strong. Before the seventh round, the fight was stopped after headbutts had opened two cuts in Hernandez´ face. “It was the wrong decision to stop the fight,” Cunningham said. “All I ask for on Saturday is an equal playing field. Hernandez is a good fighter but I am better. I will prove that I am the best cruiserweight.”
Hernandez was unimpressed by Cunningham´s words. “That´s no problem for me. He is American and Americans talk a lot. We´re used to it. I look forward to the rematch. Cunningham is a top cruiserweight, a very strong opponent, but I deserved to win the first fight and I will beat him again. If there is any doubt left that I am better, I will erase all doubts on Saturday night.” (more…)
Matchroom Sport has with Coldwell Boxing for Tony Bellew’s British light heavyweight title defense against Danny McIntosh at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on April 14. Bellew holds a 16-1 record as a pro and scooped both the British and Commonwealth light heavyweight belts in 2010. Last year he also challenged for the WBO world light heavyweight title, dropping a decision to champion Nathan Cleverly. McIntosh, meanwhile, is 13-2 (7 KO) and won the English light-heavyweight title in just his eighth pro bout, and in January 2011, McIntosh shocked the world when travelling to France to knock out home hero Thierry Karl, lifting the European light heavyweight belt in the process.
This is probably the closest we’ll come to seeing this fight happen.
Pictured from left to right Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Meg Delor, CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe, seven-time World Champion Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather’s fiance Shantel Jackson as Mayweather presents Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas with a $50,000 check to support the Blitz Build project on January 31. Mayweather presented separate $50,000 checks to two Las Vegas charitable organizations, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas and Three Square Food Bank.
“It was definitely an honor to support two great organizations doing excellent work in Las Vegas to provide housing and food assistance for needy families in the area,” said Mayweather. “Both Habitat for Humanity and Three Square have done amazing things in the community and I am happy to be able to make the financial commitment I did to both of them today.”
On January 18, Mayweather made a $100,000 donation and check presentation to the staff and Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada Affiliate in recognition of their efforts.
Photo: OPI 2000
Today in Pavia, OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) held a press conference to announce the vacant WBC Silver World cruiserweight championship between Italians and former World champions Giacobbe Fragomeni (WBC #2) and Silvio Branco (WBC #4). The fight will take place on March 17 in Pavia (20 minutes from Milan), Italy. The co-feature bouts will see Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (18-0, 17 KOs) defend his European Union title against Polish Krzysztof Szot (15-1-1, 5 KOs) and Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (13-0, 9 KOs) fights for the vacant Italian welterweight title. For tickets go to www.opi2000.com
After three consecutive late pull-outs that cost him his world title, former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (37-2, 30 KOs) finally made it back into the ring on Saturday night to score a fourth round TKO over outgunned José Maria Guerrero (29-3-1, 11 KOs) at the Grand Elysée in Hamburg, Germany. Here is the “100 Year Talent’s” first fight in 21 months.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
#9 WBO ranked light heavyweight Andrew ”Polish Prince” Fonfara (20-2, 11 KOs), living since 2006 in the Windy City, will fight former two-time super middleweight world champion Byron Mitchell (29-9, 22 KOs) for IBO-USBO title on March 16 in UIC Pavilion in Chicago. “We already have a verbal agreement with Mitchell,” said Fonfara’s brother and manager, Marek Fonfara. Fonfara’s trainer Sam Colonna added “Andrew is only 24 years old with great talent and needs to fight experienced fighters. Byron is the guy. He knows all the tricks in the book, was a world champion and I’m sure he’ll be able give Fonfara all he can handle, but we are very confident about the outcome.” (more…)
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Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko participated in a joint open work out in Going/Austria. While WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko defends his title against Dereck Chisora in Munich on February 18, his younger brother Wladimir puts his IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO belts on the line against Jean-Marc Mormeck in Düsseldorf on March 3. In Germany, both fights will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL, in the US they will be shown on EPIX. Remaining tickets for both events are available at www.eventim.de. Click here for more photos…
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between three time world champion Nonito Donaire and former super bantamweight king Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. this Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The referee will be Rafael Ramos and judges are Levi Martinez from New Mexico, Donald Trella from Connecticut, and Ruben Garcia from Texas. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Luis Perez.
“Everyone has a game plan until they get hit,” says hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs), who faces WBC #6, WBA #13, and WBO #14-rated Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba, on Friday night at the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. “It’s one thing to study video, but then that leather hits your face and your plan goes out the window and survival mode kicks in. Before you know it, you get hit again and you’re lying on the canvas. What happened to your game plan?” (more…)
Southern California’s Inland Empire’s heated boxing beat just got a little hotter. Undefeated Efrain Esquivias (15-0, 9 KOs) has been added to the power packed Thompson Boxing Promotions February 24 edition of “New Blood”. The blockbuster card features Artemio “King” Reyes (14-1, 11 KOs) vs. Victor Hugo Correa (12-4, 8 KOs) in a 10-round main event welterweight war for the WBC Latino title. The card also co-features East L.A.’s Aron “Asesino” Martinez (15-1-1, 3 KOs) against Escondido’s Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (13-4-3, 4 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout. (more…)
Despite three surgeries on his knee that were costing him nearly two years of his prime as a mixed martial artist, Ed Herman knew that he would eventually come back to the UFC and life as a full-time fighter. That doesn’t mean there weren’t questions, both internally and externally, and days when everything just seemed to go wrong . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib talks to Fightnews about winning the IBF title by defeating Jorge Lacervia in 2011 also successful defense against Alberto Servedei and upcoming bout with Eduardo Escobedo
on March 7 at Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez,Jr. was the last of the headlining fighters to arrive in San Antonio, Texas for Top Rank’s world title twinbill this Saturday. WV2 arrived from Puerto Rico on Tuesday night for his world title clash against superstar three-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire taking place at the Alamodome. The bout will be for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title formerly held by Vazquez.
The doubleheader also features undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defending his title against mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio in a highly charged showdown.
By Miguel Maravilla
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) celebrated his 25th Birthday on Tuesday with members of the media and the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Ventura County at Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura. Ortiz was also scheduled to have a media workout in preparation for his rematch with Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs), which is now off. “I feel good. I am 25 years old now and a year older,” Ortiz commented on his Birthday.
However the other news of the day was disappointing, as Andre Berto suffered a torn bicep injury during training. Ortiz received the news Monday evening as his fight with Andre Berto had been postponed. “I was devastated when my manager Rolando Arellano told me. ‘I have some bad news,’ he explained to me, ‘Berto has injured himself,'” said Ortiz. (more…)
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Four top cruiserweights showcased their talents today in Frankfurt prior to Team Sauerland´s big show at the Fraport Arena on Saturday night. In four days, IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) and two-time world champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) will meet again, while Enad Licina and Alexander Alekseev clash for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title. “I deserve to be world champion and I will prove my worth on Saturday night,” Hernandez told the press after today´s session. “He is good, but I don´t consider him a world champion,” Cunningham said of his opponent. “I am here to take home the title and become world champion for a third time.” (more…)
Promoter Frank Maloney has announced that former world title challenger Matt Skelton (25-6, 20 KOs) will face Tom Dallas (15-1, 11 KOs) over eight rounds on March 3 at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. Skelton has been out of the ring since the final of the prize fighter tournament back in October 2010 but has been in the gym on regular basis.
“Britain has the best crop of young heavyweights in the world at the moment and I can’t wait to get back in the mix and start taking on the likes of Price and Fury,” said Skelton. (more…)
The old saying “diamonds are a girl’s best friend and a man’s worst enemy” goes double for the UFC’s featherweight division because it’s their most dangerous competition. The shiniest and sharpest jewel of the resident 145ers cut a three fight win streak in 2011 that announced the presence of the weight class’ newest rising star. Whether they’re from Antwerp or Africa, the only allotrope of carbon fight fans need to know about is the one born, raised, and training to get meaner in Lafayette, Louisiana: Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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The February 24 ten-rounder between Juan Carlos Burgos (28-1, 19 KOs) and former IBF featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz (39-12-3, 23 KOs), originally planned for Southern California has been moved to Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. The bout will be for Burgos’ WBC Silver super featherweight title. Two other title fights will be included on the card, which will be televised on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.”
On Saturday night, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, elite welterweights Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit will collide for the interim UFC 170lbs championship.
UFC superstar Georges St-Pierre will be a very interested – and conflicted – ringside observer to the UFC 143 main event. ‘GSP’ has been the undisputed welterweight king since the spring of 2008, but knee injuries have forced him to withdraw from scheduled bouts with both Condit and Diaz and so he must sit on the sidelines while the pair stake a claim to his crown. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
#1 Ranked Marco Antonio Rubio poses during media day at the Jesse James Leija Gym in San Antonio,Texas, Tuesday for his upcoming world title defense against undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Saturday, Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Chavez Jr. takes on Rubio and Nonito Donaire battles Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. in the other co-main event. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel ‘Chico Guapo’ Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) of Spain, but now residing in Oxnard, California, will take on undefeated and current IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris ‘Thunder’ Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs) of Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday, February 18th in the co-feature bout of SHOWTIME’s ‘Championship Boxing’ which will be broadcast live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Headlining the fight card will be former world champion Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) taking on Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KOs) in a 12-round junior middleweight bout. For more details and photos click here…
Due to a left biceps injury sustained while training on Monday, January 30, Andre Berto will be unable to compete in his scheduled February 11 SHOWTIME televised bout against Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., forcing a cancellation of the event on that date. All parties involved are actively seeking a possible postponement date for Ortiz vs. Berto II.
Information regarding previously purchased tickets being honored for a possible postponement date will be released as it becomes available or, alternatively, ticketholders can contact their place of purchase for refunds.
More information will be announced as it becomes available.
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Four of the best Puerto Rican prospects, McJoe Arroyo, McWilliams Arroyo, Jonathan “Bomba” González and Luis Joel González, will have the headline bouts of the first 2012 “A Puño Limpio” show to be held at the Luis Aymat Cardona coliseum in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, this Friday, February 3, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), in association with Top Rank, to be televised live on WAPA America. Former Olympian and World Championship bronze medalist, McJoe Arroyo (9-0, 5 KOs) healines the card in a 115 pounds and six rounds fight versus Kadel Martinez (2-2), from Cuba. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi | Photo: Boxing Beat
Should you be the promoter/manager of a newly crowned world champ, will you book such a dangerously hard-punching challenger in your boy’s voluntary first defense as Vic Darchinyan? Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions seems to love such an adventurous mathup as will greatly stun and attract our aficionados. We attended a deluxe press conference in Tokyo yesterday (Monday). Unbeaten WBC bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs), with a knockout streak of last nine wins, will risk his belt against Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs), an Armenian “Raging Bull” residing in Australia, in Tokyo, Japan, on April 6. Yamanaka seized the vacant belt renounced by Nonito Donaire when he dispatched Mexican Christian Esquivel in eleven furious rounds last November.
The headliner is WBC super-feather titlist Takahiro Aoh (22-21, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will also put his throne on the line against WBC top ranked contender Terdsak Jandaen (46-3-1, 31 KOs), a hard-hitting Thailander, in the main event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC president Jose Sulaiman reported that he has received the letter from the representatives of boxer Marco Antonio ¨Veneno¨ Rubio, Osvaldo and Reginald Kuchle, which requested the change to an international referee, but that the WBC has full confidence in Mexican referee Guadalupe Garcia, who has been ratified to work Saturday’s middleweight world title bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Rubio. “The appointment of Lupe Garcia was in agreement with Dick Cole, head of the Commission of Texas. And it was a great achievement that referees from other countries are accepted to work in WBC title bouts in Texas. It’s a great opportunity we have awaited for years and it’s great news that we will not reject,” stated Sulaiman. “The WBC gives a vote of confidence to Lupe Garcia who will be our representative and we are confident that everything will be OK.”
Lightweight Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KOs) is relishing his London return on February 10th at a sold-out York Hall. The Dagenham Destroyer will face Dominican Felix Lora (14-8-5, 8 KOs) over ten rounds in his first fight since his thrilling win over John Murray last July. With a potential showdown with Scottish rival and WBO World Champion Ricky Burns in the pipeline, WBO Intercontinental champion Mitchell is looking to put on a sparkling performance. “It’s going to be a massive East End crowd at the York Hall and I can’t wait to put on a knockout show in front of my fans against Lora,” said Mitchell. “This is the first time since the Michael Katsidis fight in 2010 that I’ve fought in London and I’ve had a cracking win against Murray in Manchester so this will be a nice homecoming for me. A fight with Burns is a massive incentive to make sure I’m looking at my best on the night and it’s a fight I’d love to have next.”
With the New Year comes the return of Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” as it re-emerges with the best prospects in the Inland Empire area including welterweight contender Artemio “King” Reyes who makes his way back to Ontario after a spectacular win on national television. The “King” along with a court of pugilists like Aron Martinez, Richard Contreras and Sindy Amador are ready to perform in 2012. (more…)
For people who enjoy collision competition, nothing will beat this upcoming first Saturday and Sunday in February. On Sunday, it’s the final NFL game of the season: Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. But the night prior, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, UFC 143 will be the proving ground for two of the top heavyweights in the world: Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson. Before the nation crowns a new Super Bowl champion, the big boys of the UFC will clash to see who is one step closer to a title shot. For “Big Country”, nothing could be sweeter than another win in his hometown, which puts him that much closer to UFC gold . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Super bantamweight contender Scott Quigg is being lined up for a world title eliminator if he successfully defends his British title against Jamie Arthur this weekend. The unbeaten Quigg is ranked third in the latest IBF and WBA ratings, far higher than any of his domestic rivals. Hatton Promotions Director of Boxing Richard Poxon is in talks with various global contacts for a bout that could see Quigg become a mandatory challenger for a world title. Quigg, 23, insists the chances of mixing it with some of the 122lb division’s best will help him focus even more on his 12 round clash against Arthur at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday. “There is no danger of taking my eyes away from Arthur. If I cannot beat him it will be a struggle to reach the level I believe I can,” said Quigg. Hatton Promotions head Ricky Hatton added: “There is no shortage of options for Scott at the highest level, but first he has a tough assignment this weekend.”
Also in action on Saturday’s card is former Commonwealth and European super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe who boxes Argentinian Jose Saez in a non-title eight rounder.
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. arrives in San Antonio, Texas, Monday night for his upcoming world title defense against #1 ranked Marco Antonio Rubio, Saturday, Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Chavez Jr. takes on Rubio and Nonito Donaire battles Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. in the other co-main event.
UPDATE: The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that Berto ruptured his left biceps while sparring and surgery is going to be required. Multiple sources are saying the fight is off. Via Twitter, Victor Ortiz’ promoter Oscar De La Hoya wrote “Son of a chalupa oh well. Let’s just hope Berto gets well soon or else Victor needs to fight soon.”
Various sources are reporting that Andre Berto suffered an arm injury on Monday that was serious enough to require a trip to the hospital for an MRI. The injury could jeopardize his February 11 rematch with Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which is scheduled for SHOWTIME. An announcement is expected shortly.
By Mark Vaz
Legendary trainer Goody Petronelli if Brockton, MA passed away at his home in Bridgewater, MA on Sunday at 88. Petronelli, who trained and co-managed Marvelous Marvin Hagler throughout his career, spent 70 years in the sport, following his service in the United States Navy. Petronelli boxed professionally before opening his own gym, training his nephew Tony Petronelli during his run at the Jr. Welterweight title in the early 70’s. Goody, along with bother Pat, co-managed numerous fighters including Hagler’s brother Robbie Simms, a top middleweight in the post-Hagler era. In recent years, Petronelli continued to operate his gym in Brockton, working primarily with young amateurs, although he was also co-trainer for Kevin McBride in his winning fight over Mike Tyson.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight and knockout artist Magomed ‘Mago’ Abdusalamov (12-0, 12 KOs) of Russia, but now residing in Oxnard, California, and under the tutelage of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at Sarmiento’s Boxing Gym, will return to action this Friday February 3rd at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in an 8-round televised fight on ESPN2’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ against Pedro Rodriguez (8-0, 6 KOs) of Cuba. For more details and photos click here…
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